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“André Derain 1904–1914: The Radical Decade”

through January 29, 2018

André Derain was a motivating force in the avant-garde developments of early twentieth-century painting, particularly Fauvism and Cubism. This focused exhibition presents work created prior to the artist’s military service in World War I. It includes paintings he produced in 1905 alongside Matisse in the French Mediterranean village of Collioure, gaining them the derisive name Fauves (Savages), and a selection of the brightly colored London cityscapes commissioned by art dealer Ambroise Vollard in 1906. In addition to presenting around seventy paintings, numerous works on paper, and several sculptures, the show displays some fifty previously unexhibited photographs by or of Derain, as well as prints, correspondence, and examples from his collection of Maori and African objects.

Image: André Derain, La Danse (The Dance), 1906, oil on canvas. Private collection. Copyright © ADAGP, Paris.

“The Commodification of Love”

through October 8, 2017

Has our increasing dependence on technology changed how and where we find love? The ten rising contemporary artists in Kamel Mennour’s current show ponder the answer. Among the thoughtful works on view are Camille Henrot’s “Studies for Skypesex,” a series of drawings featuring a woman posing awkwardly for her laptop’s camera, and Antoine Catala’s board game, Insecure Attachment, with its abstract, but seductively shaped pieces.

Image: Camille Henrot, “Studies for Skypesex,” 2017, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches each sheet. Copyright © ADAGP Camille Henrot. Courtesy of the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris/London. Photo. archives Kamel Mennour.

Inextricabilia: Magical Mesh

July 23–September 17

La Maison Rouge, an art foundation in Paris, is dedicated to exhibiting private collections, monographic shows of work by contemporary artists, and outsider art. Its latest exhibition, encompassing Art Brut, African ritual objects, religious art, folk art, and modern and contemporary art, brings together works made by knotting or stitching, weaving or winding. In addition to their formal resonances, all the pieces here have a talismanic quality. Look for embroidered costumes by the great Brazilian outsider artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário, a stitched and stuffed figure by Louise Bourgeois, and an array of cocoonlike fiber sculptures by the late Judith Scott.

WHAT’S MORE, This may be one of the last chances to experience one of Paris’s most beloved art spaces, which also hosts a bookstore and organic bakery; it is slated to close in 2018.

Image: Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Presentation Cape, n.d., fabric, thread, paper, and metal, 76 x 55 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea Collection / Rio de Janeiro City Hall, Brazil.


Art in America talks to artists, curators, and other leading figures about their favorite current exhibitions.

François J. Bonnet on “Animer le Paysage: Sur la Piste des Vivants” at La Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Leave it to Paris to have a museum of hunting and nature. Composer and sound artist François J. Bonnet is the author of The Order of Sounds (2016), a study of different ways of listening. He recommends an exhibition at the museum titled “Animer le Paysage: Sur la Piste des Vivants,” which features works by contemporary artists on how we view nature.

Image: Alexandra Arènes, Cartogenèse du territoire de Belval, 2016, video, 2'14".


Power Plays (portraits of French monarchy up to 1789)

September 27, 2017–July 2, 2018

Prix Marcel Duchamp—The Nominees

October 4, 2017–January 8, 2018

Albert Renger-Patzsch—The Perspective of Things

October 17, 2017–January 21, 2018

Steffani Jemison—Satellite 10 Program

October 17, 2017–January 21, 2018

François I and Dutch Art

October 18, 2017–January 15, 2018


January 22–March 18, 2017
by Anne Rochette & Wade Saunders

The sculptor Not Vital has traveled widely and exhibited often since the early 1970s, living a peripatetic life that nurtures his art-making.

Image: Not Vital: Sta(i)re(s), 2013, stainless steel, approx. 17 by 28 by 19 feet; at Thaddaeus Ropac.